PreKindergarten and Kindergarten
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The purpose of the Kindergarten curriculum is to provide students their first concentrated study about themselves, their families, school, community, state, and country.

I. Describe the benefits of living in and being part of a community

Students will leave Kindergarten with a basic understanding of what makes a community and the benefits of living in and being part of a community (Civics). Students can define community and associate their family as members of a community (Civics). Students will explain what it means to be part of a class and school, and explain the importance of fairness, cooperation, and sharing (Civics). Students also learn what their parents do for a living and learn about the different types of jobs in the community (Economics). Students will also recognize basic human needs (clothing, shelter, and food) and those needs can be met  (Economics).

MA H/SS Standards:
CSK.3-CSK.6
(H, G, C), PreK-K.1-PreK-K.8 (H, G, C, E)

Is the standard assessable & measureable?

Can this be measured year round?

Can the standard be easily aligned to Common Core?

Reading

Writing

Speaking & Listening

Mathematics

Yes

Yes

Literature: Yes
Informational: Yes
Foundational: Yes
Language: Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Suggested MA H/SS Topic Alignment with Overarching or Anchor Standard:


Sept.
Walk around the neighborhood (PreK-K.3)
Why we have rules
RS: Plaidypus Travels
The Little School Bus

Oct.
Fire Safety Week
Phone number and home address
Second step activities
Family members: Who’s who in your family; what does it mean to be part of a family? (PreK-K.2)

Nov.
Election Day
Family unit (cont’d.)
Family traditions: Thanksgiving (PreK-K.1)
Wants versus Needs
What are basic needs (PreK-K.8)

Dec.
What is diversity?
How a community celebrates holidays of all faiths: Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa (PreK-K.1)
Respect differences

Jan.
How a community is governed; role and responsibility of our town government (PreK-K.6)

Feb.
Let’s go exploring!
RS: Rooster’s Off to See the World

Mar.
Let’s go exploring!
RS: Abuela

Apr.
Community packet
Mayday, Mayday
Community songs and poems

May
Community packet
Junior Achievement
What my parents do for a living (PreK-K.8)
Why do people work?

Jun.
All about me in the world
RS: Going Places


Sources: MA History & Social Sciences Curriculum Framework (2003), pp. 13; MA Curriculum Framework for ELA and Literacy (2011), pp. 14, 17, 20-21, 24, 30, 34.

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids, http://bensguide.gpo.gov/k-2/symbols/index.html.
Boxboro Public Schools, Kindergarten Social Studies Curriculum Map, http://www.boxboroughschool.org/sites/
     default/files/2010 20SS Curriculum Map_0.pdf
Committee for Children, Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum (K): http://www.cfchildren.org/second-
     step/kindergarten-grade-5/kindergarten.aspx



II. Explain how history describes events and peoples of other times and places

Students will leave Kindergarten with an appreciation for history for it describes events and people of other times and places (History). Students will develop a sense of the past through artifacts and literature. They will also identify notable historical figures and their actions and decisions that have lasting impact in our lives today (History). Students will understand the importance of celebrating national holidays as they represent historical figures and describe the significance of each holiday. (History, Civics). Students also demonstrate understanding that there are important American symbols by identifying the American flag, melody of the national anthem, knowing the words of the Pledge of Allegiance, and recognizing our current President of the United States (Civics).

MA H/SS Standards:
CSK.3-CSK.6
(H, G, C), PreK-K.1 (H), -PreK-K.8 (H, G, C, E)

Is the standard assessable & measureable?

Can this be measured year round?

Can the standard be easily aligned to Common Core?

Reading

Writing

Speaking & Listening

Mathematics

Yes

Yes

Literature: Yes
Informational: Yes
Foundational: Yes
Language: Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Suggested MA H/SS Topic Alignment with Overarching or Anchor Standard:


Sept.
Why we celebrate national holidays
Labor Day
Constitution Day
Pledge of Allegiance

Oct.
Jamestown Colony
Pocahontas
Powhatan
Columbus Day

Nov.
Plimoth Colony
First Thanksgiving Veterans Day

Dec.
Pearl Harbor Day

Jan.
New Years Day
MLK, Jr. Day

Feb.
Presidents’ Day
G Washington
J Adams
T Jefferson
J Madison
A Lincoln
POTUS (PreK-K.7)

Mar.
American symbols
National Anthem: The Star Spangled Banner

Apr.
Patriots Day
Patriotic songs

May
Memorial Day
J F Kennedy
Betsy Ross & the American flag

Jun.
D-Day
Flag Day
Independence Day


Sources: MA History & Social Sciences Curriculum Framework (2003), pp. 13; MA Curriculum Framework for ELA and Literacy (2011), pp. 14, 17, 20-21, 24, 30, 34.


III. Apply geographic terms and tools

Students will leave Kindergarten with fundamental skills to read and use maps and globes. Students will know the importance of knowing where they live and realize the importance of understanding location (Geography). Students will know specific vocabulary words and phrases indicating locations (town, city, state, country) and direction (north, west, south, east).  Students will be able to locate places on a map and a globe.

MA H/SS Standards:


Is the standard assessable & measureable?

Can this be measured year round?

Can the standard be easily aligned to Common Core?

Reading

Writing

Speaking & Listening

Mathematics

Yes

Yes

Literature: Yes
Informational: Yes
Foundational: Yes
Language: Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Suggested MA H/SS Topic Alignment with Overarching or Anchor Standard:


Sept.
Identify maps and globes
Vocabulary terms (left, right, up, down, behind, front, near, far, etc.)

Oct.
Parts of a map
Locations (N, W, E, S)
Cardinal directions on a map
North/South poles

Nov.
Difference between water and land
Continents vs. country
Islands

Dec.
Physical map terms and concepts (landforms, mountains, hills;
bodies of water, river, ocean, lake, etc.)

Jan.
Political map terms and concepts (town, city, street, highway, etc.)

Feb.
“Me on the Map”
Create a map of themselves activity

Mar.
Locate Braintree, Massachusetts on a map and globe
Study map of Braintree (locate their home & school)

Apr.
Create simple maps of the classroom; home to school; neighborhood

May
Locate North America and the United States on a map and globe
Locate Boston and Washington, D.C. on a map and globe

Jun.
Why are maps and globes important?
Show view from above; position and location of things and objects (places; concept of space)


Sources: MA History & Social Sciences Curriculum Framework (2003), pp. 13; MA Curriculum Framework for ELA and Literacy (2011), pp. 14, 17, 20-21, 24, 30, 34.